PadmÃ© Amidala and C-3PO make a memorable entrance in their STAR WARS: THE CLONES series debuts in â€œDestroy Malevolence,â€ an all-new animated episode premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday, Oct. 17, on Cartoon Network.
In the episode – the final act of a three-episode arc – PadmÃ© and C-3PO are taken hostage by General Grievous, leaving Anakin and Obi-Wan to save the Senator and complete the destruction of the Malevolence.
However, Catherine Taber (American Werewolf in Paris, â€œCrank Yankersâ€) feels that PadmÃ© is anything but a conventional damsel in distress.
â€œI donâ€™t see her that way,â€ Taber says. â€œSheâ€™s a damsel, certainly, but sheâ€™s rarely in distress. She sometimes ends up in sticky situations, but always for the right reasons, because sheâ€™s out on her own doing what she believes in. She doesnâ€™t really require rescuing; sheâ€™s quite capable of rescuing herself. She can be kind of girly, and yet at the same time sheâ€™s completely willing to get her hands dirty if she needs to. Playing her is a lot of fun, because itâ€™s very close to playing myself – although sheâ€™s been a queen and sheâ€™s a senator, so she may be a bit more refined.â€
In addition to offering a glimpse at some unexplored sides of PadmÃ©â€™s character, the episode is a milestone that was significant to Taber, and well as to one of the key relationships in the Star Wars universe.
â€œWhat was fun about this episode was that it was the first time in The Clone Wars that PadmÃ© and Anakin are physically together,â€ Taber says. â€œIn the movie, they only interacted via hologram, so this is a chance to see us together, fighting side by side. Itâ€™s sort of the Star Wars version of a date, and itâ€™s always really fun to see these characters interact. Their secret relationship is so central to the larger Star Wars story, and every time theyâ€™re together it gives us a glimpse into whatâ€™s to come and why.â€